Hundreds of flights and bullet train services within Japan have been cancelled as severe tropical storm Krosa bore down on the country’s south-western flank.
The transportation services were halted on forecasts for sustained winds of up to 100kmh for a storm that is set to make landfall today, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
The tropical storm was also expected to dump up to 100cm of rain over two days till today in the Shikoku region, just as many Japanese are set to start visiting their home towns for the traditional summer holidays this week.
Flood alerts have been issued, including for some regions that last year suffered historic rainfall, flooding and landslides that killed more than 100 people.
ANA Holdings’ All Nippon Airways cancelled 105 domestic flights today and considered calling off some international services.
Japan Airlines cancelled 92 flights for today, following the cancellation of 62 flights yesterday, which affected about 4,680 passengers.
Japan Air Commuter also grounded some of its flights.